Fardy wants Brumbies to address slow starts

Brumbies flanker Scott Fardy says that the Canberra Super Rugby franchise will be paying special attention to their ill-discipline and their slow starts.

The Brumbies have lost both of their last two matches – both by narrow margins and have been left to rue slow starts.

Against the Blues in Auckland, the Brumbies conceded the first five penalties of the match, which saw the Blues spring to a 6-0 advantage. While against the Rebels, the Brumbies conceded seven penalties to two in the opening half.

Fardy said that he thought the side was unfortunate with some of the decisions in the second-half of last week’s match against the Rebels but his appraisal of the side’s past two opening halves of football was blunt and honest.

“Over the past two games we’ve started very slowly. We’ve been slow into our rhythm and we’ve just got to address that and be better,” Fardy said.

Ahead of their clash with the Highlanders on Friday night, Brumbies playmaker, Christian Lealiifano, said that his side needed to clean up its discipline and adapt to the differences in the style and interpretation of the officials if the team was going to get back into its winning habits.

“I think we’re a side that goes pretty hard at the breakdown,” Lealiifano said.

“Refs are going to be different all the time and interpret differently. We’ve just got to adjust and adapt quickly to that.

“We always talk about discipline and not giving away easy points. Lima Sopoaga is kicking really well so we’ve just got to be disciplined to not give away as many penalties.”

With the Brumbies missing a number of its first choice players, particularly in the backline, Lealiifano said that the side remained confident in the players around them expected to fill the void.

“I’ve got plenty of confidence in the other guys who have come in and around the group to step up and do their jobs as well,” he said.

Despite training with the squad over the past couple of weeks – albeit in red bibs, it isn’t known whether Tevita Kuridrani or Jesse Mogg will be included in the 23 man squad.

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